Australia A v India A, 2nd unofficial Test, Brisbane, 3rd day July 15, 2014

Ojha ton, Yadav 90 give India A lead

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Australia A 0 for 0 and 423 trail India A 501 (Ojha 110, Yadav 90, Sayers 5-84) by 78 runs
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Naman Ojha's spectacular form came to India A's rescue as he compiled a third century in as many innings. He was dismissed, for the first time on the tour, for 110 as the visitors recovered from 6 for 268 to snatch a lead, which swelled to 78 courtesy Umesh Yadav providing his rendition of when tailenders attack, smashing 90 off 66 balls. There was time for just one ball in Australia A's second innings before bad light stopped play.

Australia A might have been hopeful of forcing a result when seamer Chadd Sayers struck on either side of drinks to complete his sixth five-wicket haul. However, Ojha strode out and stroked his first ball to the cover boundary and scorched Nathan Lyon for a six in the next over to lead a counterattack. India had laboured for 34 runs and lost both overnight batsmen - Manoj Tiwary (63) and B Aparajith (28 off 108 balls) - in 15 overs before Ojha's arrival, but since he took strike, 67 runs flowed in nine overs as Australia A waited for the new ball.

Success was found immediately once they took it, though, as Ambati Rayudu perished in the 82nd over ending an 69-run stand for the sixth wicket on the stroke of lunch. The deficit was still in excess of 100 when Australia resorted to spin which enhanced Ojha's threat considerably. He walloped Lyon for 14 runs in 95th over and the offspinner finished wicketless, conceding 147 runs in his 30 overs. Legspinner Cameron Boyce was a muted threat as well, conceding 101 in 23 overs. Yet the bulk of the work was shared among them and the new-ball bowlers, while James Faulkner and Mitchell Marsh were limited to 10 and 12 overs each.

Ojha's dismissal in the 112th over provided little relief for the hosts as Yadav too opened his account with a four and followed the same script. Yadav was 24 when last man Jasprit Bumrah came in, but the duo added 82 runs in 89 balls. Spin fed this stand as well, with Yadav lacing 40 off 29 balls from Lyon and 20 off 15 from Boyce. He had already collected a five wickets in the first innings and seemed headed towards sweeter rewards as he went from 73 to 87 in three lusty blows before perishing in search of another.

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  • dummy4fb on July 16, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    @Shaggy : That's true. What a shame Lyon can't play country cricket. Or league cricket. Or club cricket. Or any of the other hundreds of competitive matches in the Northern hemisphere.

    I'd also argue playing 'well' is generous. Lyon has been adequate for a while but only ever excelled on debut. It's remarkable he's still in the side given how many times he has been dropped, but then the selectors have only passed him over for guys who anyone could tell you would do much worse. (Picking Doherty when he was averaging over 40 for the season defied all belief)

  • dummy4fb on July 16, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Anubhav Agrawal on (July 16, 2014, 6:29 GMT) You said, "Have the pitches all over the world gone bad."

    Yes, At least, seems so.

    And, bowlers all over the world are doing more practice in batting. That is one of the better ways for them to get a lucrative contract in league cricket.

  • dummy4fb on July 16, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    If Dhoni wants to excuse himself from Test cricket (low chance); half way through this series, we can fly Naman Ojha in in just a day or two. He is in form and ready to go! What say, Dhoni? (But, for me the man for the long run is Sanju Samson, though)

  • dummy4fb on July 16, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    Taking a que from Jimmy Anderson, Umesh Yadav seems to be getting ready to grab a MOM award for batting.

  • dummy4fb on July 16, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    Have the pitches all over the world gone bad.

  • Shaggy076 on July 16, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Jarred Hansen; We have a test series coming up against Pakistan the incumbent spinner who has performed well recently at test level could do with some match practise. What about this doesn't make sense? I would have thought winning our next test match was the most important thing.

  • dummy4fb on July 16, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Umesh Yadav scores 90 and now Australia A are 202 for 0 wicket jeesh how flat are these wickets

  • Shaggy076 on July 16, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Ashokdmightyindian; Firstly, Ishant Sharma is your best bowler unfortunately cruelled by the pitches India serve up for him and an extremely negative captain who has no idea how to set a field to a pace bowler. Look at the most recent away series he was your best bowler in South Africa and New Zealand. Even in England he took the first three wickets before Dhoni realised he was too attacking. 2) Lyon has played in Sri Lanka and done extremely well and no recent off-spinner has a better record on AUstralian soil. Since returning to the test team after the Aussies mucked around with other alternatives we are 7 wins and 2 losses from 11 tests. Finally how did your boys go against the POms after us and Sri Lanka reduced them to an absolute rabble shorely the stage was completely set for India to finally break through and win a game on foreign soil?

  • RapidCommentsPlz on July 16, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    @shaggy076 says "this is an off season for lyon" lolzz when was the last time he had a good one? Congratulations Aussies you have found your own Ishant sharma!!he is a pathetic spinner. Oh boy! Pakistan will be licking their lips.Come on lyon, show what you can do!!He surely will be smacked all around the park.Another homework gate awaiting Australia!

  • dummy4fb on July 16, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx : "There is nothing to suggest [O'Keefe] would have gone better than Lyon today. "

    There's a few things. A better first class average, a better first class strike rate, consistently being the best performing spinner in the Shield, the fact that he has outplayed Lyon in every match they have played together in the Shield.

    @Shaggy076: "Lyon recent test record has been great and there is no way his place in danger. This is essentially Australias off season and Lyon just doing some pre-season training now on flat slow decks really why read anything into it at all? "

    We can read into it because if he's in the squad just to get his eye in it's coming at the expense of a place for another young player who might have something to offer the national team.

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